So I'm hoping the snow is going to start melting in the next few weeks and it's time to take fat little pony out of her winter retirement!
My mare is turning 6 this spring, but has only been under saddle for about a year and a bit.. none of that was consistent, she basically had 30 days of real training on her. So, I don't expect her to know a whole lot of anything, especially now that she has essentially had 3-4 months off (grrr.. moving her to somewhere with an indoor arena later this year!).
I had about 4 months this summer (time since I got her til snow) to work with her and she came a VERY long way, from choppy strided trot to long and low and I just got her nice and sharp.. BUT her canter really never got to feel like a natural gait. By the end I had her transitions pretty decent but she still was flat and unbalanced, would take wrong leads or cross-canter to the left and couldn't hold the canter for more than a couple rounds.
So this year a strong canter is my goal with her.. I know tons of upward transitions will help, but I'm looking for any other suggestions you guys have to get her feeling comfortable in the canter!